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Mobile office OK'd for airport

Posted: March 10, 2012 - 4:22pm

McDuffie County commissioners voted Tuesday to allow the temporary placement of a doublewide at the Thomson-McDuffie Regional airport.

The building will serve as the office and pilot’s sleeping quarters for Air Methods, a medical air transport company. The company has requested a three-year lease to operate medical emergency services seven days a week in Thomson. They currently operate out of Daniel Field in Augusta.

“Along with that mobile home would come a helicopter that we’ve estimated would pay about $20,000 a year in taxes, plus provide for additional activity on our airport, which is a good thing for us,” Newton said.

Air Methods will also pay 30 cents per square foot per year – approximately $600 – for the lease of airport space the mobile home will occupy.

The mobile home will be placed near the Augusta Tech and Georgia State Patrol hangars, out of sight of the main terminal.

The building’s exterior will match the buildings around it, and Air Methods will pay all costs associated with setup and for its removal once a more permanent location is found.

Because the airport is owned by both the city and the county, the city council also approved the request at their regular meeting on Thursday.

In other business, commissioners approved the purchase of a used pothole patcher from the Columbus-Muscogee Government.

The county purchased the 2006 model for $70,000. A new unit would cost more than $200,000. This unit has about 6,000 miles on it and can be operated by one person. The county’s old unit needed three people to operate it.

The commission also approved an alcoholic beverage license for the Williford Auction House, and lifted a hiring freeze in order to fill two street maintenance positions.

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